With all the buzz about waste management in the country, it has become imperative for us as citizens to abide by it. Vinayaka Kashyap & Vinod Jaganathan in 2014 took up one such initiative. In a nutshell, they do the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction for large scale biogas plants. They also offer solutions to passionate householders who want to take care of their waste on a daily level too.
Their philosophy behind the venture is really interesting. They are capitalizing on the word Quantum which means the behavior of subatomic particles. They aim to garner the support of all subatomic entities on the planet who will help them realize their mission to make Mother Earth a greener one for the generations to come. Hence the name Quantum Green and the idea is "a quantum leap into a greener revolution."
Quantum Green Highlights
- Startup Name-Quantum Green
- Founders-Vinayaka Kashyap & Vinod Jaganathan
- Sector-Waste to Energy / Renewable Energy
About Quantum Green and How it Works
Established in 2014 and based at the garden city of Bengaluru, QG envisions to provide unparalleled services in the fields of waste to Energy and Solid & Liquid Waste Management (SLWM). To endeavor this, QG is backed up by a team with rich experience in waste to energy projects. Quantum Green builds biogas plants for a variety of its clients by offering its Engineering, Procurement, and Construction services thereby ensuring a turnkey solution to its customers. The company's expertise not only includes conceptualizing Waste to Energy projects but also backing it up with scientific waste processing, and reliable and efficient energy distribution. As an integrated technology company, Quantum Green has expertise in Design, Supply and Installation of Biogas plants for varying applications ranging from small scale Household Cooking to mega-scale Industrial Cogeneration purposes viz., Thermal heating, Power Generation and Bio-CNG Bottling plants.
Their projects are smarter as they leverage upon the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely administer, monitor, operate and maintain the plant. By doing this, they ensure optimal plant availability and longevity as the information they gather from the plant's smartness will ensure that it operates seamlessly and any outage/breakdown small or big is either predicted before or attended to immediately. This acts as a gateway for building smart infrastructure which is self-sufficient and run with minimum human intervention.
Their clientele includes Individual households, Hotels, Canteens, and Industries such as large Food Processing companies. This indicates that their product range and solutions address a vast target community/sector. Applications of these biogas plants vary from basic cooking to thermal heating, bio-electricity, and bio-CNG. The largest plant is a 50 Tons Per Day (50 TPD) unit for a food processing industry and the smallest is a 2 Kg per day unit for a simple household.
Developments in Waste-to-energy Sector in India
The scenario for Waste to Energy in India is picking up steam. Quantum Green is in this business from the past five years and the team is seeing a surge in the number of inquiries they get year on year. They see a lot of bulk waste generators showing genuine interest in either composting or building biogas projects. The earlier notion of waste as just a waste and the need to get rid of it crudely is a thing of the past. Waste disposal costs and landfilling is getting unviable for them. Pollution control boards are doing their part in ensuring that compliances are in place to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendlier manner. Now clients look at waste as a healthy source of energy and show interest for these plants. They understand that by putting a biogas plant, they need not depend on fossil fuels such as diesel and furnace oil anymore. In some cases where electricity is scarce, the client is more than happy to convert their waste to valuable power. As you see, waste to energy project helps the client to take care of their businesses more effectively and efficiently. Also, the government's initiatives such as "Swatch Bharath", "Make In India", "Smart Cities" etc. are good for this sector. No wonder why so many plants are getting commissioned like never before.
Quantum Green - Founders and team
Mr. Vinayaka Kashyap: BE, M Tech with 15 plus years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Capital Goods industry catering to the Power Plant Sector (Thermal, Gas, Renewable and the Captive sectors). Worked at Triveni Steam Turbines, CICB Chemtron, GE Gas Engines before starting QG
Mr. Vinod J: BE, Elec with 18 plus years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Capital Goods industry catering to the Power Plant Sector (Thermal, Gas, Renewable and the Captive sectors). Worked at Triveni Steam Turbines and Thermax before starting QG
While Vinayaka takes care of Sales & Business Development, Vinod is into Finance, Admin and HR. They are a lean team of about 8 including the founders.
How was Quantum Green Started
The founder's decision to take up entrepreneurship and starting this business was sudden. That happened in June 2014 when Vinod's erstwhile friend and old colleague from Triveni Steam Turbines, Steam Turbine manufacturing company based at Bangalore, Mr. Vinayaka Kashyap met him. Vinayak was then working on many Waste to Energy projects, typically Biogas plants. He elucidated Vinod on how waste had become such a menace and how it was affecting the common man and posed a huge danger to the future generations. Being a father of two, Vinod was concerned the world that we leave behind for our children can be so hazardous. After knowing more about the subject technically, he decided in his heart that as a responsible human being, he should join Vinayaka and strive for a greener revolution.
Quantum Green - Name, Tagline and Logo
The word Quantum means the behavior of Subatomic particles. They aim to garner the support of all subatomic entities on the planet who will help them realize our mission to make Mother Earth a greener one for the generations to come. Hence the name Quantum Green and the vision is "a quantum leap into a greener revolution" which is the tagline.
Quantum Green - User Acquisition
Quantum Green's website is efficiently and professionally managed by the internal team and they do have channel partners who promote the business.
Being salesmen for most of their lives, they know for sure that a genuine relationship with a client, will yield business and repeat orders. This means that they will have to stick up, stand tall and present themselves to the clients' end whenever there is a need. Clients do appreciate such an attitude. Their previous experience in turnkey businesses gives them an additional advantage on how to conceptualize, interface and commission plants. Clients are very keen on prior experiences as they do not want errors from inexperienced contractors which could damage their reputation as well as cause a business loss.
Quantum Green - Business Model and Revenue Model
Quantum Green's business model is to provide end to end turnkey solutions to bulk waste producers. In a nutshell, they do the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction for large scale biogas plants. And they also offer solutions to passionate householders who want to take care of their waste on a daily level too.
Quantum Green - Funding and Investors
They were actively looking to raise funds during the initial days to expand the operations. However, since the biogas concept had not gained much momentum in the country at that time, investors were skeptical to put money in the business. Luckily, one of their best friends showed interest and eventually did one round of seed funding for them. Post that round of funding, they did not scout for any other funds. They believe they will raise funds at the right time to support their business growth.
Quantum Green - Awards & Recognitions
Quantum Green has been awarded with "Brightest startup award by TERI" in 2017
Quantum Green - Growth
From starting in 2014, in five years, little did they expect that they would have orders converted into repeat orders (key accounts). They started with consultancy orders first but slowly ramped up to taking turnkey orders from the same customers. Indian Navy, Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables, ISRO, AL Jaleel, Gun Shell factory and EUROPEM are a few prestigious clients that they have onboard now. From operating a 50 Tonne per day plant (Mother Dairy) to building containers which house equipment of the biogas plant to one of the largest kitchens in India (EUROPEM), their journey has been great, if not dreamlike. To summarize the following have been our professional achievements:
- Building a very good clientele.
- Building a very good and reliable vendor pool.
- Building a strong in-house engineering team
- Building a dedicated, diligent Commissioning team
Business-wise, they want to have key accounts, and now they have 4 reputed ones. Financially, they are growing at 30% YoY. Since this is a startup, they have consciously kept the human resource lean for easy collaboration and business operations. They also have hired immaculate professionals in different verticals. For now, they are concentrating on the South market and will eventually expand our operations to the North in upcoming years
Once again, the policy here is to gel well as a team. Know each other well, both professionally as well as emotionally, know one another's strengths and weaknesses and together as one cohesive unit work towards the common goal which is to take our planet to a Greener Revolution.